Teacher Resources

Education

The Center offers schools, colleges, and the general public law-related educational activities and resources. Law-Related Education (LRE) has evolved from the assumption that individuals who understand the reasons for laws and the institutions that support them are more likely to act responsibly in society. Students exposed to LRE have a better understanding of consequences about the violating laws and may also be more capable of resolving disputes independent of the court system. The Center is one of the few providers of LRE programs and materials in the state.

For Teachers

The Judiciary History Center has prepared lessons for use in the classroom and our Restored 1913 Courtroom. The Lessons include historically based activities designed to enhance the students understanding of civics and law and to aid in meeting HCPS III standards. If you choose to use any of these trials on your visit to the Center, we recommend that you assign roles beforehand and have the students read through their parts prior to your visit.

Oni v. Meek

In the second half of the 19th century, major decisions of the courts shaped and responded to the rapid changes in society. Oni v. Meek is one example of how the new laws created by the Kingdom's Legislature supported private property ownership over the old system of shared land use rights.

The Judiciary History Center has prepared these scripts and teacher's guide for use in the classroom and our Restored 1913 courtroom during class visits:

Teacher's Guide

Meek Lease

Oni v. Meek script for grades 4 - 6

Oni v. Meek script for grades 7 - 9

Oni v. Meek script for grades 10 - 12

Bacon's Rebellion

The Judiciary History Center developed this lesson to aid teachers in meeting Social Studies standards for grade 5. Bacon's Rebellion in the Virginia Colony in 1676 is one the most intriguing events in colonial America.

The Trial of Nathaniel Bacon

Hungry as a Horse

The Judiciary History Center has prepared this teacher's guide and mock trial for use in the classroom or our Restored 1913 Courtroom during your class visit. The lesson is designed for grades 2-3 and focuses on the values of public safety and responsibility.

Hungry as a Horse Teacher's Guide

Hungry as a Horse Mock Trial

Furious Riding

The Judiciary History Center has prepared this teacher's guide and mock trial for use in the classroom as well as our Restored 1913 Courtroom during class visits. The lesson is designed for grades 2-3 and focuses on the values of public safety, courtesy/respect, and honesty.

Furious Riding Teacher's Guide

Furious Riding Mock Trial

Judges in the Classroom

Judges in the Classroom is a law-related education curriculum for judges produced by the Judiciary History Center. The curriculum offers judges either a three-lesson unit that requires three consecutive classroom visits or, one of several non-related lessons requiring just one visit. If you would like to request a judge speaker, please click here.

Judges in the Classroom

Lesson Plan for Grades 3-6

Lesson Plan for Grades 4-12

Lesson Plan for Grades 10-12

Who's Who in the Courtroom

This guide was prepared by the Judiciary History Century to offer a brief explanation of the various duties of those involved in courtroom proceedings.

Who's Who in the Courtroom

Films

In addition to our lessons and mock trials we have several video presentations.

Oni v. Meek

Law of the Land

Kanawai

When Fear Reigned

Oni v. Meek

The video brings to life characters from an 1850’s case that illustrates a transitional period of land tenure in Hawaii. The presentation orients students and prepares them for the hands-on trial they reenact in our 1913 Courtroom.

Law of the Land

The video focuses on the changes from traditional, shared use rights to the Western concept of private property ownership. Land divisions, life in the ahupa’a, the Great Mahele, and current land laws are subjects touched upon in this thought provoking presentation.

Kanawai

This video chronicles the changing attitudes towards water and water usage in the 19th century. This presentation examines the landmark surface water case of Peck v. Baily and familiarizes viewers with the transition from traditional water rights to a western system of water rights.

When Fear Reigned

This video delves into the declaration of martial law and the suspension of civil liberties in Hawaii during World War II. This presentation examines the writ of habeas corpus and the detainment without trial of well over 1000 residents of the territory of Hawaii.

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